Artworks Poster Contest

Pam Van Londen's submission to the Obama for America Artworks poster contest, 2011The Obama for America Artworks program is hosting a poster contest around the theme of getting Americans back to work. I’ve spent this sunny day making a poster submission instead of doing chores.

It includes 51 of my paintings and the message is about supporting local economies. Sales of many of these daily paintings paid my rent or bought groceries. Thank you to my customers for supporting the local economy!

Did you know that when you purchase a piece of “art” from a department store, it is often a painted from a pirated image then mass-produced in China?

Hurray Corvallis

© Pam Van Londen 2010,  Campus Garden 2, oil on clayboard,  8x8

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$64 © Pam Van Londen 2010, Campus Garden 2, 8×8 oil on clayboard

I’ve visited all 50 states and find Corvallis to be the best city for many reasons. Joe Rojas-Burke of The Oregonian explains it in a new way, in his recent article: “How Corvallis exceeds New York City: A view from theoretical physics.”

New Year’s Resolutions for 2010

Creative Every Day Challenge

Mod Pod Decore

Daily Painters Abstract Gallery

Workshop for small businesses in Oregon

Each year brings gains and losses in all aspects of life but to grab a footfold on my future, I like to dream; manifest if you will. I don’t always get to the result easily, but I am practicing getting there that way. The past 3 weeks of vacation have allowed me time to think and rethink the past and what is coming up. I tend to be successful by dreaming/manifesting what I want to happen. Writing them down somewhere often makes it so. Join me in my life’s work by reading, thinking, and supporting me in whatever way you feel you can.

  1. Painting: I want to…
    1. Continue “painting every day.”
      • This means getting back to the habit starting yesterday.
    2. Promote myself in new ways locally and online.
      • I’ve switched from showing my work on the DPIAG site to the Daily Painters Abstract Gallery.
      • I sold 6 paintings at the Mod Pod Decor store in December, 2009, so hope to continue that relationship.
      • I’ll be hanging daily paintings, rather than larger paintings, at local locations, since they sells better (I supposed because the price is easier on a patron’s pocketbook).
      • I just joined the Art of Landscape group and Creative Every Day daily challenge.
  2. Web Development and Online Promotions: I want to…
    1. Get at least 20 Oregon Artists on board with the site.
      • Seek out artists who are prolific in their work, painting nearly every day.
      • Enticing them with an easy-to-use web site and upload system.
      • I’ll be writing more newsletters and tutorials to help newbies.
    2. Teaching more workshops for business folks (especially creative types).
      • Check out the workshop description for my Feb 20 LBCC workshop. Join us if you need a simple, free web site, which you can make in a day and update anytime you like (with no code).
    3. Selecting a few new clients to build professional sites for.
      • Consulting helps pay the bills, but allows me to learn more about user interface design, the psychology of businesses and their audiences, and code. I love HTML 5 and CSS 3!
  3. Teaching: I want to…
    1. Teach more courses online.
      • I enjoy the process of teaching technology concepts and skills online and helping others get on board with what I consider a higher-quality educational experience than a common lecture course.
      • Online courses are not for everyone, but they are for a better solution for more folks than we might think.
    2. Teach art lessons and  courses.
      • For kids or adults, there is nothing more rewarding than saying, “I did it!” We ALL can draw or paint…we just need the right teacher, encouragement, and practice. Sound familiar? Most skills take these three elements.
      • For professional artists, I can share my process and teach good habits.

Invention: Computer Pants

A few years ago I wrote about designing a pair of pants with a computer built in. The keyboard could be flexible and thin and be embedded in the pant legs. The display would project holographically in front of the wearer.

MIT students have perfected the idea…see the movie:

Pinball Machine, a poem by Maya Van Londen

Ping, bam, slam, bab, slap!         Ping!

Oh, if you ping one more time I’ll bap your lights out.

You pinball machine, or should I say pingball machine?


I wish, a poem by Maya Van Londen

I wish I could fly right over the ocean, right over my home, and beyond my state.

I wish I could fly, but every morning I wake from my dreams I’m in my same old bed.

Manhattan, poem by Maya Van Londen

I’m going downtown in Manhattan!

Of course, it will be crowded and if I ask for directions, people will say, “No. Too bad, Yah yah. Not my Problem. Go to the Help Desk. Nah, forget it.” (People aren’t very nice sometimes.)

And it will be noisy with all the cars going beep, honk, zip, screeech, vroom, b-b-b-b-b, proom, and all the people going, “No! Go! Leave me! Stay away! I won’t help. Stop!” All of that is too much for a 4th Grader.

Going downtown in Manhattan probably wouldn’t be so bad, but the temptation’s killing me.

Ubuntu; not just for the RV lifestyle

One of the world’s great heros, Nelson Mandela, explains the concept of Ubuntu, in a video provided by YouTube video.


Ann Haymond Zwinger crafted Downcanyon in 1995 so she could describe the Colorado River and the canyon. She does it in roughly 300 pages. Her ability to capture the canyon’s essense is far better than mine, so you’ll have to either read the book or go there yourself!

50 states quilt patterns

I’ve been searching and seaching for quilt patterns, either of a USA map, or of a traditional pattern for each state. This site seems to have traditional blocks for all 50: Quilter’s Cache If you find a map of the USA for a full sized quilt, let me know.

Color; a natural history of the palette

By Victoria Finlay
Wish I’d had been the one to travel and write this pertinent book.

Art United, on the road for Gulf Coast relief fund

CayC adding a mural to her RVAn artist and a photographer from the Gulf Coast are traveling together by RV around the Americas to paint, spread the word about, and write about life’s mysterious adventures: Cayc Wolff and De Waters. They have modified their RV interior to accomodate workspace for canvas, laptops, and supplies, and removed the standard logos outside to accomodate new airbrush art on the outside. I’m picking up tips about how it’s done!

Art United is an international on-going internet auction to help Katrina survivors. Artists donate work and 100% of the proceeds from purchases goes to the Salvation Army.

Tashi Choling of the Colestin Valley

Today we found a surprise in the hills above The Meadow House…Tashi Choling Mandala Garden and Temple for Vajrayana Buddhism. We wound our way up the railroad tracks to the Mandala Garden. Neither of us has been to a Buddhist temple grounds before. A student was sanding the White Tara stature to prepare for repainting. She showed us how to use the prayer wheels. I wrote this haiku to help remember what learned:

A piece of Tibet
hides quietly up the tracks.
Visit while open.

Vajrasattra sits
in the Mandala’s center
holding knowledge; wise.

Tara in green and
Tara in white teach us to
fear not, be well, love.

Prayers fly out the wheel.
Precious thoughts join the air; you
turn clockwise. Release!

Recipe for Finally on the Road Stew

Buy some good quality stew beef (otherwise what’s the point) and throw it in a big pan set on medium heat.
Slice up and throw in the onion left over from the bon voyage party.
Pour in Hilary and Bedo’s wine left over from the bon voyage and poker parties (about 1 cup).
Slice up the potatoes that have been in the fridge drawer for 6 months.
Throw in half a bag of baby carrots.
Simmer on low for 2 hours.

Serve with French or Sourdough bread if you remembered to buy some.


Check into voice over IP Broadvoice internet phone and’s xlite free online phone software. We already have a headset; does it sound good?

Web Ring possibilities

check into this

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Recommended by Ben J. Reportedly distracts you from doing anything else, so may not be safe to listen to while in heavy traffic.

National Women’s History Month is March

Find out what’s happening around the nation in March regarding women’s history, at the site.